Hikawa Maru


Recently I had the chance of building a model featuring the Hikawa Maru in scale 1/350. This vessel for both passengers and charge was completed in 1929, survived WWII with no major damages and nowadays has been turned into a floating museum and a floating hotel, kept in perfect condition and docked in the Japanese harbour of Yokohama.

It is really a much beautiful plastic kit sold by Hasegawa, it has been assembled with no further detail. As Fate would have it, I travelled in a boat no much older than that Hikawa Maru, the Begoña, when I was six years old. We crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) to Vigo, stopping at La Guaira (Venezuela) and at the Canary Islands. The journey lasted seventeen days and you could easily imagine it was an adventure I have never forgotten.

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